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It was time for our annual summer book club dinner. We all bring a favorite dish to share. Of course, I nabbed dessert. This year, I baked up a Chocolate Souffle Cake and topped it with juicy berries and cream.

Chocolate Souffle Cake on a white cake plate

Chocolate Souffle Cake

Like most souffles, this chocolate souffle cake puffs up to perfection then slowly collapses, making it less than picture perfect with cracks and crevasses. But from gravity’s pull comes the ideal concave surface to hold a cloud of sweetened vanilla whipped cream and loads of ripe berries. Plus, it has the bonus of being a flourless cake which was terrific for one of my book club friends who follows a gluten free diet.

Hold off on topping your souffle cake till right before your event. I knew I’d bring leftovers home so I added a packet of Whip-It, a whip cream stabilizer, to prevent the cream from separating. The berries deteriorated more quickly than I had hoped, so if you won’t eat this all in one sitting, I’d recommend serving wedges of unadorned cake along with cream and berries to garnish.

Book Club 2015 photo20 Years of Book Club

My book club starts its 20th year in September. My college senior was a chubby 3-year-old toddler when I walked next door to my first meeting.  Many who gathered were already friends, but the rest of the gang became dear to me as well.

We’ve been through deaths of parents, births of grandchildren, divorces, cancer and more. We don’t meet in the summer except for the highly anticipated pitch in dinner. This chocolate souffle cake was my contribution. For those of you who love to read, here is our comprehensive book list with ratings on a scale of 1 to 10, with higher rank given to those books that elicited wonderful discussion, that we would recommend to friends and other book clubs, and that we personally enjoyed. I’ve only given a handful of books a perfect 10.

This chocolate souffle cake is perfect for gatherings with your dearest friends, family, on holidays and more!

Chocolate Souffle Cake overhead shot with strawberries and cream

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Chocolate Souffle Cake - Watch this cake rise and fall leaving a perfect well for sweet cream and berries

Chocolate Souffle Cake

A flourless chocolate cake topped with whipped cream and fruit. Adapted from Richard Sax

  • Author: Liz Berg
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 12 servings 1x
  • Category: Cake, Dessert
  • Method: Mixing, Baking
  • Cuisine: American

Ingredients

Cake:

  • 1/2 pound (8 ounces) good quality semi-sweet or bittersweet chocolate
  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) butter, cut into pieces, at room temperature
  • 5 egg yolks
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 6 egg whites
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla

Toppings:

  • 2 cups sliced strawberries, peaches or whole raspberries
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350ยฐ. Line the bottom of a 9-inch spring form with parchment. Gently melt the chopped chocolate in the microwave. Whisk in the butter, then 1/2 cup of the sugar followed by the egg yolks. Set aside.
  2. In another bowl, beat egg whites till foamy. Gradually add the other 1/2 cup sugar and beat on high till whites become firm but not stiff. Stir about a quarter of the whites into the chocolate to lighten, then fold in the rest of the whites.
  3. Pour batter into the pan and smooth the top.
  4. Bake till cake is puffy and the center is firm, about 35-40 minutes.
  5. Cool on rack. Note that center will sink as it cools.
  6. Before serving, gently toss fruit with a little sugar and set aside. Whip cream with powdered sugar and vanilla till soft peaks form. Fill the center of cake with whipped cream and top with fruit. Carefully run a knife around the perimeter of the cake to loosen, then remove sides of the pan to serve.

Notes

Cooling time not included in total time.

Chocolate Souffle Cake | Watch this cake rise and fall leaving a perfect well for sweet cream and berries
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33 comments on “Chocolate Souffle Cake”

  1. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with a cake that’s made even more beautiful by covering up a few flaws. I do love the abundance of strawberries – plenty there for everyone. I’m super-impressed with how long your bookclub has been going. What a great social event and I bet you’ve been a wonderful support to each other through all the highs and lows that life contains xx

  2. This looks like another show stopper Liz! Bet it was light and wonderful:@)

  3. Tasty food, good books and wonderful friends – what could be better. BTW, the cake looks delicious.

    The Surprised Gourmet

  4. Dear Lizzy, this cake is beautiful with every nook and cranny. I love a flourless chocolate cake, it makes it even more rich and decadent. xo, Catherine

  5. I dont think it gets any better than this dessert Bravo my friend! WOW!

  6. I remember making chocolate souffle cake like this a couple years ago and being horrified when it sank right down after getting pulled out of the oven! Really thought I screwed up, but it was delicious anyway so I didn’t care ๐Ÿ˜› I guess that’s part of the charm of souffle cake, not being totally perfect–and you’re right, it does make the perfect place to put a lot of whipped cream and fruit ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Great treat ๐Ÿ™‚ you definitely know what to do with chocolate ๐Ÿ˜€

  8. You’re in a book club! How wonderful. And I LOVE this souffle cake! xxx

  9. Oh my goodness, im absolutely drooling here! The cake looks awesome but that cream topping and the way you cut those strawberries? Jeeeeez, Pass me a plate!

  10. Oh, can I come? Books and cake are a few of my favorite things ๐Ÿ™‚
    Amalia
    xo

  11. Those perfect strawberries (at least to start with) and that perfectly lovely cake make an amazing photo. I know your book club was thrilled with this (and everything else you bring!). How fun to have this group going for all those years, it seems like there’s nothing like the friends you raise your kids with. Those bonds are so deep!

  12. I think it looks picture perfect, Liz. You must be a perfectionist.

  13. This is stunning cake, Liz! I would love a slice right about now ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. Great cake and great book group, great pleasures in life! Your cake looks delicious, Liz and I’m sure it was a hit!

  15. Liz, this cake is a beauty!!!! Stunning! I want to be in your book club! love that you’ve been in that group for 20 years! AMAZING!

  16. Look beautiful Lizzy!!
    Nice picture!!!
    xoxoxo

  17. LIzzy,
    I’ve never made souffle. It makes me nervous since it can be tricky to make. It certainly looks delicious.
    Your book club has so many members. It’s amazing that it’s been going for so long.
    Annamaria

  18. Dear Liz, what a wonderful group and friends – love the idea of a book club! And your cake looks absolutely fabulous – I love, love the combination of chocolate, cream and fresh late summer strawberries! I would have loved to eat a slice of your cake!
    And how wonderful that you got to meet Mary in Aspen – great pictures of fb!
    Have a great weekend,
    Andrea

  19. This is definitely a winner:) chocolate souffle cake looks great

  20. Gorgeous Cake!
    Fabulous book club picks!
    Love that you’ve been together that long? wow.
    Have you read Girl on a Train yet Or The End of Your Life Book Club or Sherman Alexis, The Absolute True Diary of a Part Time Indian. ( I’d love your review on that one!!!) xx

  21. How wonderful that you have been a member of the book club for so long and to have maintained close relationships with all those friends! I love the idea of topping the souffle with whipped cream and strawberries. I would definitely go back for seconds of this cake!

  22. It’s a beautiful cake!! I like baking flourless cakes every now and then as we have some nephews who can’t eat gluten. They’ loooooooove this cake!!

  23. Hats off to you ladies for maintaining a 20 year friendship, that’s good to hear in this day and age. All of your desserts are showstoppers and I can’t imagine that there were leftovers.

  24. Im on my way over Liz…. I need a slice of this yumminess in my belly! ๐Ÿ™‚

    So cool that you have such a wonderful bunch of friends in your book club group, and that it has been around for so long too. Its lovely when we find a group of people that remain in our lives for ever.

    The last time I made shuffle, it dropped, I didn’t even think to add cream and berries to bring it back to life. Brilliant idea!

  25. Liz, that cake looks AMAZING. I am going to copy the recipe to try. I need to visit more often. Thanks so much for sharing the recipe~!!!

  26. What a stunning dessert Liz! I am shocked it made it to the party as if Bill saw this it would have been history. Is it just me but do you have to write notes “DO NOT EAT” on items or does your family just inhale them or know that they should not touch before consulting with you…? Pinned!

  27. How lovely to have known the same group of ladies for 20 years, Liz. Sooooo glad people actually still read books! At any rate, your souffle cake is lovely…super bonus that it’s gluten-free =)

  28. Just gorgeous, that strawberry topping is the prettiest!

  29. This looks like a glorious cake but I can’t wait to check out that book list. How fun that you have been together that long. Now do you have a picture from the first meeting? LOL!

  30. Wow… I may not be able to concentrate on any book with this dessert waiting for me. It looks glorious! ๐Ÿ™‚

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